Preparing Citrus Trees (Lemon and Orange) For The Indoors Over Winter!

Preparing Citrus Trees (Lemon and Orange) For The Indoors Over Winter!

Hey everybody its Rob the backyard gardenerr and because it’s almost the frost season here in Texas it’s time to get my
young citrus trees and my avocado trees ready for the indoors one of the first things you want to do
before you decide to bring your plants indoors for the winter is make sure you
have a good spot for them now I recommend if you’re bringing them inside
the house you have a grow room with ample lighting at least 5,000 lumens and
they’ll need that for six to eight hours minimum per day or you can place them in
a south-facing window if you don’t have a grow room but you got to make sure
that you have a spot prepared and picked out
that’s strategic enough that’s going to let the plants adapt to the indoor
climate if you’re not bringing them indoors and you’re gonna be using a
greenhouse like the one that you see that I’m standing in you’ll want to make
sure that the greenhouse provides pretty good protection from the frost now here
in zone eight a we don’t get a lot of hard hard freezes and we don’t get them
for a long period of time typically but it is known to have 30 days straight of
us sub-freezing temperatures so because of that I have to prepare for the
worst-case scenario now in this video I’m going to be talking about preparing
my citrus plants specifically to bring them indoors and in the greenhouse but
I’ll also be talking about how I’m going to leave some in the greenhouse over the
winter to see how they do as well as bring my favorite ones are the ones that
are the front-runners indoors let me go ahead and flip the camera around we’ll
take you to the side of the yard where I have my citrus tree sitting so I figured
I’d give you a look at all of my citrus that I’ve grown from seed I’ve got my
four orange trees on this side and my two lemon trees on this side I’ll tell
you that the lemons came from Meyer lemons so pretty confident they may be
meyer lemons as well but these were from a navel orange hybrid and as you know
you can’t grow navel oranges from seed so I’m very curious to see if these come
out to be oranges or another species of lemons or any type of citrus it could be
grapefruit it could be anything like that so really curious how they come out
but the main purpose of this video is to go ahead and let you know that it’s time
to bring them indoors now for the winter I’ve got a couple things I’ve got to do
in order to prep them for the winter I’ll talk about that here in just a
second so one of the things I’ve done over the
last month is about four weeks ago I went ahead and fertilized all of these
citrus plants because I knew it would be the last time that we fertilized between
now and the spring so I gave them a light dose of an organic fertilizer
basically a 5-5-5 fertilizer just a balanced fertilizer that way they have a
little more nutrients in these pots for over the winter
I’ve also topped off the pots over the last couple of weeks with just a little
bit more of my organic compost and potting soil mixture about 5050 that way
they’d have some fresh soil to grow with him one of the things I’ve also done
over the last month is put them out here in this direct sunlight because we’re
getting less and less sunlight because it’s becoming winter I’ve put them out
in direct sunlight for a couple hours a day and then I’ve got them in indirect
sunlight for another four hours and then I’ve left them in the shade the rest of
the day I’m doing this because once they go inside indoors they’re gonna get a
lot less natural sunlight than they would if they were outside and I want
them to get used to not getting as much sunlight they seem to be no worse for
wear they’re doing pretty good this stunted lemon trees the only one that
doesn’t look the healthiest I don’t know what’s going on with him the other lemon
tree looks great now that I’ve given him a light dose of fertilizer over a month
ago and now that they’ve been acclimated slowly less and less sunlight the final
step I’m gonna do is close them all off which I’ve actually already done I hosed
off all the underside of the leaves to make sure I’ve removed any pests once
they’re moved out of the sunlight I’m gonna spray them with a organic foliar
spray that I make myself out of soap and water if you haven’t seen my super water
video I’ll put a link above here you could check it out but I’m gonna spray
in because I want to make sure I eliminate the risk or at least reduce
the risk of any of the pests that we could bring indoors like spider mites
fungus gnats and of course Athens I’m gonna let the soap schuiteman sit on
there for about six hours and then tonight I’m gonna rinse them off one
more time with the garden hose make sure I spray off any of the carcasses or
I passed that I may have missed on the first prey and then tomorrow I’ll be
bringing them indoors in my indoor girl room now it’s also a good idea if you
bring in plants from outdoors to indoors you want to make sure that you eliminate
the risk of any of the larvae or any of the eggs that might be in your soul from
hatching and coming out and then infecting your planets so a smart thing
to do which I’ll be doing as well is topping off all the pots with a nice
little half-inch layer of sand you can use play sand or whatever now the
problem with using the sand sometimes is that you can’t really see the moisture
level of the soil but that shouldn’t be a problem because you can always have
these in trays and bottom feed the water slowly keep in mind you’ll be doing a
lot less watering over the winter while the plants are indoors because they’ll
use a lot less water so you almost want to let the soil dry out not completely
but pretty close to completely before you do waterings once again I’m also
gonna be just taking off some of the dying or less-than-desirable leaves
because I only don’t want the plant focusing its energy on trying to Akoo
per 8 any of these and plus not they’re coming indoor they don’t need as much
foliage as they have on now I won’t be heavily pruning these these are still
just over a year old and it’s not really that smart to prune young fruit trees
reconsiders trees in their first couple years so if I do any topping whatsoever
it’ll be just take off the last few limbs where the leaves aren’t good so
now that I’ve had them rinsed off I went ahead and rinsed them off with my second
title soap spray if you will the water and soap I’ve rinsed them again with
fresh water I’ve done it a couple of times over the last week I’ve now placed
them in my greenhouse I’ve also got my avocado trees in here cuz they will not
be able to tolerate the Texas freeze as well so we’ve got the orange trees on
this side of the greenhouse the lemon trees on this side of the greenhouse and
two small avocado trees on this back side of the greenhouse we’re gonna leave
them inside here for the next week we’re not supposed to get any frost over the
next week but this greenhouse is all sealed up
I’ll be able to zip up this door as well and when I do that it should create a
pretty good protection in here I will be bringing like I said some of my indoor
girl room probably my best orange plant will go indoors maybe my top two orange
plants my top lemon plant and maybe my best of the two avocados I’ll bring
indoors but I’m curious to see if this greenhouse can serve its purpose over
the winter and keep these guys protected from the frost now obviously over the
next several weeks to several months if I notice that the plants and they’re are
struggling I’ll bring them indoors but I wanted to show you where they’re at and
like I said the next step is the top off all of these soils with some sand all
right so I’m in the greenhouse right now I had to do a little bit of maintenance
on it I got some zip ties and retied the top the little tiny straps that it came
with I started to break so I had to do a little bit of maintenance just to make
sure that this roof stays on nice and taut but I went ahead and tucked off my
two best citrus plants with sand like I said this is to prepare them to go
indoor my indoor grow room I will definitely be bringing at least those
two indoors and I wanted to try another median I had some coarse little tiny
rock so I went ahead and tried that in these two pots these are gonna be
outside so having the sand is not as necessary
you’ll recall like I mentioned the sand will vent any of the fungus gnats the
aphids and things that lay their eggs in the store they can’t penetrate through
the sand the sand is a little bit too heavy for them to move so they can’t get
in there so I put about a quarter inch to half inch layer of sand in both of
those and because this is more coarse I put about a half inch layer or more on
there inside those pots as well again we’ll see how this greenhouse does over
the winter I went ahead and did both lemon trees since I only have two
despite one looking terrible I only have two and if you recall this is the one
that got the disease and we’ve been fighting the disease all along I’ve also
done a good job of trimming off all of the foliage that was less than desirable
that way these plants aren’t struggling trying to support maintaining on health
leaf structures so that’s where we’re at today I also wanted and topped off my
two avocado trees I’m probably gonna try to leave these in here as long as
possible but again the ones with the sand are prepped to go indoors which I’m
going to postpone for as long as I can and I’m gonna get an indoor thermometer
for this greenhouse and the minute that I have frost I’m gonna see if this
greenhouse gets colder than I would like remember these aren’t gonna be exposed
to the frost elements because of the the top of the canopy on this greenhouse
however if it gets to 19 20 degrees for several days outside it’s gonna be
pretty cold inside and we don’t want to put these guys through that kind of
stress anyway I want to recap with you guys a couple of things one make sure
you have a spot picked out whether it’s in a greenhouse or in a grow room for
your plants to be over wintered to make sure that you have fertilized about a
month ahead of time to get them one last boost give them as much nutrients as
possible to get them ready for the overwintering process then you’ll want
to slowly acclimate them over a month for a few less hours per day in direct
sunlight so they get used to the less sunny conditions that they’ll be exposed
to in this greenhouse and in an indoor grow room and then also you’ve got to be
careful of pests so you’ll want to spray the leafs down really good then you’ll
want to treat them with some kind of insecticide i prefer organic just soap
and water and then you’ll want to do that a couple of times over a week and
then top off the potting plants with a little bit of sand or coarse rock that
way it prevents any fungus gnats spider mites 8-bits from laying eggs in here
hatching and getting all over your plants well there you have it everyone
this is the process that I like to follow to overwinter my citrus plants or
any subtropic or tropic plants that you’re growing in a zone not suited for
them again this is my first year at growing citrus so it’s also kind of an
experiment to see how we do hopefully you enjoyed this video with me if you
did I would appreciate a thumbs up and as always everyone happy gardening and
thanks for watching

Randy Schultz

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29 thoughts on “Preparing Citrus Trees (Lemon and Orange) For The Indoors Over Winter!

  1. Yovani Carrillo says:

    First comment!!!!!!!!!

  2. Naqualix _ says:

    Great video!!
    My avocados seeds have started cracking and I just started growing pothole from a cutting an hour ago. Also my dragon fruit and mango tree r doing great!

  3. Yovani Carrillo says:

    When do you think that those will fruit ?

  4. Rob Backyard Gardenerr says:

    It's almost time for our first frost date here in zone 8a, North Texas. Citrus Trees do not like frost and will either be damaged or perish if exposed to freezing temperatures for more than a few hours so it's time to get all of my Lemon and Orange Trees that I have grown from seed prepped for the indoors.

    There are a few tips and steps you should take when it's time to bring your citrus trees indoors (either in an indoor grow room or in a greenhouse). In this video, I'll talk about the steps that I will use for my trees this winter season.

    1) Have a spot planned out that will work all winter season. The spot should either be in a south facing window, an indoor grow room or in a greenhouse (some heating may be required).

    2) If in an indoor grow room, be sure that the grow room lighting is sufficient. At least 5,000 Lumens for a minimum of 4-6 hours per day.

    3) Be sure to fertilize your trees at least a few weeks to 1 month prior to bringing indoors – give them that nutrient boost they'll need as they go to dormancy.

    4) Start to acclimate the trees to less lighting by moving them in and out of sunlight throughout the days prior to bringing indoors – a few less hours per day should be enough.

    5) Spray off all of the foliage to rid it of any pests. You should also use an insecticide – I prefer an organic mixture of soap and water.

    6) Use sand to cover the top of the soil – this will eliminate the pests (aphids, fungus gnats and spider mites) from laying new eggs in the soil and infesting your grow room or your plants/trees.

    7) Keep a close eye on the health of the plants over winter but reduce waterings (almost let the soil dry out completely between waterings).

    I am hopeful that I'll be able to keep most of these trees grown from seed alive throughout winter and I'll leave some in a greenhouse and some I'll bring indoors.

    When I bring them indoors into my indoor grow room, I plan on providing another update.

    Some Citrus Care Info:

    Citrus Trees like slightly acidic soil (5.5-6.5 PH) and it needs to be well draining soil full of sand, moss and perlite. They should be kept in warmer conditions while they are seedlings (75-85 degrees) and water them infrequently, but heavily – allowing all the water to drain from the pot, keeping it moist only.

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  5. Cherif Majdoub says:

    Where is the big acocado tree?

  6. Webis Tebis says:

    My eruka lemon tree is turning a blotchy yellow, but it eventually becomes symmetical and the veins turn yellow, so its a nitrogen deficiency, common for winter. Here in florida zone 9 it’s beginning to reach 60s at night, upsetting most of my plants. Many went limp! Today i moved all my plants to the center area of my garden, so covering is easier in case of extreme weather, and i grow many zone 10 plants too. I have a beloved norfolk island pine which was nearly slaughtered last winter in hanuary right after i got it. Now, my baby avocado is in my sunroom, right next to my Cedrus Libani. All my plants that live in the major area of my garden, my potted lemon, potted giant plumeria tree(for now), platycladys, my bald cypress, and Lebanese probably fig (you can probably guess my race now) are all closer together and safer, along with my massive grounded loquat tree, which grew by 2 meters in a little over a year!!! Then in the minor area for sun loving plants, i have my Arizona Cypress, The succulents with it, my Jasmine, and my Norfolk Izland pine. I I have evacuation routes easier now with advanced mechanisms for moving heavy stuff that most 14 year olds really cant move (aka ruining the grass with scooters). Ive prepared for winter now, and i (and my trees) wish you and your trees the best of luck. ????????????????????????

  7. Backyard Gardening says:

    Good job ?

  8. FranksFlyTraps says:

    Nice. Pretty close to what i do bringing my trees and plants inside. I dont use the sand. I do flood my pots a day before i bring them in, youd be surprised all the stuff that comes out. I also use numerous ant traps around the grow room. They always like to come out with the warmth of the room. This year was especially bad.

  9. dragonhed123 says:

    I love your videos man. It sucks that growing things takes a long time, so you don't post often, but it's so worth it when you do keep on rocking

  10. HalfTimeShow says:

    I'm currently growing a plant that I grew from what was supposed to be a seedless orange, he'll need to be repotted soon. Your guys are looking way better.

  11. Weasel 6Three says:

    Very cool Rob!

  12. Mick's backyard Aquaponics says:

    Those citrus trees look good and healthy there I hope you get a lot off fruit on them wen thay get big ??

  13. Numismatic Picker says:

    Awesome rob?

  14. not nearlynormal says:

    Thank you so much?

  15. Arnold Smit says:

    Hey Rob
    They look great and grew a lot lately!! When you spray them with water , did you smell the lovely citrus smell?
    Greetz Arnold

  16. Abdulrahman Alkh says:

    Plz try germination black berries or raspberries .

  17. rose5150 says:

    Great info… Tysm

  18. Ariel Cortez says:

    How big is your greenhouse

  19. Tim Cluyts says:

    Man those look amazing, my citrus plants are growing super super slow but they are healthy so I'm not complaining. Got them indoors now too, hope they make it. Great video man, the sand is a good idea, I should get that too.

  20. The Rising Garden says:

    About my oranges from seed guest what they survived,a frost that got down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit it was icy and cold but there is literally no damage to them, and they were only 3inches a small plant and doing so well it been our third frost now and there still alive I'm hoping I can create a cold hardy citrus that can even stand snow and storms to,I'm in zone 8b-❄️⛈.but also it was very dry over summer and they survived there drought,they got flooded and survived in standing water who would imagine swamp citrus ,one of them got knocked over by a raccoon and fell in the water for a week and the whole plant was submerged under the flood and guest what,it still survived.?????–1 week later now there's snow in my forecast but it's only 32 degrees during the snow day at night and they stand temps down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit so I think I can make it used the the snow

  21. Ryan McComb says:

    You should do a pomegranate series from seed.

  22. Susan Wurtz says:

    I use Murphy oil is a syrupy like oil 1 tbsp in 5 gallons of water it’s a secret mix on all my plants , shrubs , and trees

  23. kingmoo2 says:

    I'm confused, aren't Naval oranges seedless? How did you grow them from seed?

  24. Alalia Jassim says:

    My country (Qatar) doesn’t get snow at all (impossible) that is a good and bad thing, but in this situation it’s good!??

  25. hubble2016 says:

    Update please. Thanks.

  26. Danu's Dragonfly says:

    All of my citrus are outside & I am in zone 8a. They are all doing well. I suppose yours being in pots might have something to do with it. I think you don't have enough actual yard to plant in. It's a shame with those newer, zero lot houses. I can appreciate your efforts and hustle though man. Your voice makes me think of a coach… like you're coaching your plants 🙂

  27. Just a Girl Looking Up says:

    Glad I found your channel! Im in Rowlett so thanks for the info. Rains been crazy around here!

  28. Vox in Tenebris says:

    Exotic fruit is a fairly new interest here in the UK, with catalogues now offering a limited range. I have a Bears (Tahiti) lime and a Yuzu. I will add more, but am chickening out and will order the rest post winter. I live in the upper Rhondda Valleys of South Wales, UK. (I wrote UK as you'd be surprised how many people say "G'day!" if I just put South Wales; it is rarely a good day in South Wales) My new citrus are in the greenhouse, from now on in we will have gales or winter weather. During winter we can go to -15, frosts last until 2nd week of June. I intend lining the greenhouse with large bubblewrap and adding a tube heater. At least the greenhouse does get sunlight in the winter, unlike the house. Do you allow your citrus to experience any minus temperatures? Is it necessary? Or can you maintain frost free conditions without affecting the plant adversely? My pest nightmare is sciarid fly, mostly comes in young plants sent from suppliers. Due to seed crop failures, we are no longer able to buy all the seeds we could, we are now forced to buy some varieties as young plants. Suppliers also restrict some varieties to plants, it is simply more lucrative for them. Suppliers seem to ship out plants as they see the first signs of fly damage. The same growers then tell customers that they sell the nematodes to fight the sciarid fly – but clearly don't use them themselves. As a precaution, I have ordered a box of limes from a farm in Corsica. Thanks, a nervous Vox.

  29. Charlie's Garden says:

    I have some questions don't you have an email address some I can send pictures of my citrus trees mine is [email protected]

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